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Roseanne Barr has bowed out of a podcast appearance with Joe Rogan in the wake of the backlash to a racist tweet that saw her hit ABC show canceled and reruns pulled from multiple channels.
“The Roseanne podcast is not happening today. She’s not doing well and doesn’t want to travel, and she’s gone radio silent on me, so I’m just going to step away. The whole thing has been pretty brutal on her, and I hope she can find some peace,” the comedian and host of The Joe Rogan Experience tweeted Friday.
Barr had previously promised Tuesday that she would talk about her controversial tweet, issued the same day, on the podcast. “No, it wasn’t racist-ill talk about it on joe rogan friday,” she wrote.
Barr has since apologized for the tweet, which compared Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, to a “baby” of The Planet the Apes and the Muslim Brotherhood. She has blamed Ambien, the insomnia medication, for the remark, which caused a firestorm when it was posted. ABC canceled the Roseanne revival on the same day that writers had returned to begin penning its second season, talent agency ICM dropped Barr as a client, and Viacom channels and Hulu ceased airing reruns of the show.
In response to the comment, Jarrett said she hoped the tweet would provide “a teaching moment.”
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